Counting the years

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SAN Francisco rockers Counting Crows are set to pay a visit to their Scottish fans for the first time in four years.

The multi-platinum seven piece will bring their live show to Glasgow this month, after touring Australia and a string of European dates.

Singer Adam Duritz said: “All I could say when I saw the plans for the tour was ‘It’s about time.

“It’s hard to explain to fans why bands occasionally let so much time pass between visits. The truth is sometimes life just gets in the way and, before you know it, it’s been a few years.

“Personally, I’m just glad we’re going back. I have a lot of great memories of past tours. Remembering where we’ve been always gets me excited about where we’re going.”

The tour follows the release in 2012 of Underwater Sunshine (or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation), a collection of more and less known songs ranging from the 1960s to our days.

Counting Crows formed in 1991 in the San Francisco Bay area and they have sold more than 20 million albums to date.

They had a total of five top 20 studio albums in the UK (three of which charted in the Top 10) and all five hitting top five on the Billboard 200.

The current line up features Adam Duritz (vocals), David Bryson (guitar), Charles Gillingham (keyboards), Dan Vickrey (guitar), Jim Bogios (drums), David Immergluck (guitar) and Millard Powers (bass).

Widely remembered for their 1993 seven-times platinum debut release August And Everything After — including hit single Mr Jones — Counting Crows more recently had a US number one with Accidentally In Love, featured on the Shrek 2 soundtrack, which was nominated in 2005 for a Grammy, a Golden Globe and an Academy award.

Their most recent studio album, Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings, was released to critical and popular acclaim in March 2008 and charted at number 12 in the UK.

Counting Crows play the 02 Academy next Friday (April 26). Tickets are £33.50 from www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.livenation.co.uk.